Music Man owners: a question about their necks

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  1. BlueHeaven

    BlueHeaven Member

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    On the Music Man site it mentions that their necks are more sensitive to temperature/humidity changes because they're unfinished. Just how sensitive are they and what would be the result? I've kind of zeroed in on a Reflex to be my main humbucker guitar but I'm not much of a self maintenance kind of guy. One more thing related to this: if I buy used (or NOS) and they didn't keep up with any sort of neck treatment maintenance would I have any worries?

    Please excuse the possibly dumb questions but not being able demo a guitar before buying unnerves me. Thanks
     
  2. musicman1

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    They're not. My MM necks very seldom ever need adjustment and like to be set really flat and straight. That's a result of their excellent fret work. In the many years Ive owned 2 MM gtrs, Ive never re-applied any gun stock wax or anything and they play great.
     
  3. BlueHeaven

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    Thanks, that's great to hear!
     
  4. DrJamie

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    My Albert Lee neck needed a turn of the truss rod every season change. More than any other guitar I've owned. I loved it though. Traded it on a PRS that I did not bond with. I still watch for that old AL.
     
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    Just got a music man luke III. Awesome solid neck, totally recommend one.
     
  6. Strathog

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    Depends where you live and how much the guitar is subjected to temperature and humidity changes.
     
  7. BlueHeaven

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    Well, the humidity it would be exposed to would be a bit of a variable, I baby my stuff as far as temperature exposure goes.
     
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    Same with all of my EBMM guitars...^
     
  9. candid_x

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    I liked the Silo Special neck carves but not the asymmetrical Axis carves. I did have one Silo neck twist/warp a bit on me, and I was pretty religious about adequately cleaning and applying fresh Tru-Oil as per their recommendation. It was around the 3rd/4th fret. A proper fret leveling would probably compensate for it as it wasn't extreme, just enough that a good set up wouldn't correct it. That guitar, as much as I loved it when it was right, was nothing but trouble. My other Silo, which I wasn't crazy about the sound of, even after pickup swaps, was perfect to play, probably my personal best ever.

    As nice as a thin coat of Tru-Oil feels, I wouldn't own another.
     
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    I have had a few Axis over the years, the current one I have has been with me since 2009. I havent noticed any change at all. I havent applied any gun stock or anything else for that matter. Guitar is a 97 and has traveled from Chicago to Sydney, no issues.
     
  11. BlueHeaven

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    Some widely different experiences.
     
  12. Matt Jones

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    No issues with my Silhouette Special and I've had it since 2006. I'll apply the gun stock oil/wax combination maybe once a year or when the neck feels dry.
     
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    My '91 EVH moves around a bit, but my Albert Lee didn't budge. :dunno
     
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    My 2001 Axis Super Sport required a tweak here and there (more often than my other guitars), even with a Tru Oil and Wax treatment once a year. Nothing major though and always super easy to dial in with the truss rod wheel adjuster at the heel end of the neck.
     
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    My main EVH started out in Houston and then spent 10 yrs. in the DC area. Seven yrs. in AZ and it's been fine. I've made slight adjustments every once in a great while, but nothing major. My Axis tribute has been in AZ for almost three yrs. and hasn't needed any adjustment.
     
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    My Reflex takes a tweak every spring when it gets rainy in Denver. Nothing major, but usually does require a slight adjustment. Fantastic guitar!

    I've owned 7 or 8 Music Man's over the years.

    I oil and wax mine once a year. I like the process.
     
  17. tone?

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    I gots two. No issues at all
     
  18. metropolis_4

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    When I had my Petrucci, it had more neck issues than my other guitars. That's all I know
     
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    Ive been playing MM guitars since the mid 90s, currently have 3, no issues ever, if you do need a bit of relief or otherwise its an easy turn with the wheel at the bottom of the neck but mine haven't budged and I live in NY...
     
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    My Silo Special needed a minor adjustment late last fall for the first time in about 9 years. Started storing it in its case after that instead of leaving it out on a guitar stand, and it has stayed solid. Never done the wax/oil maintenance since I've owned it, and it remains the best instrument I've ever had.
     

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